25 years ago today

Twenty-five years ago today, I was installed as pastor of my first church — the church I continue to serve as pastor, Grace Bible Church. At (almost) 28 years of age, I could hardly imagine then what it would be like to preach 25 sermons, let alone preach sermons for 25 years — in one […]

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Pray for us

Three times New Testament writers ask their readers to pray for them: Brethren, pray for us. (1 Thess. 5:25) Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you. (2 Thess. 3:1) Pray for us, for we are sure that we […]

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Desiring God Pastor’s Conference

The Pastor’s Conference presented by Desiring God beginning this afternoon will be live-streamed on the DG website. The schedule for the conference: Monday, February 4 2:30 – 3:30 PM EST, Mark Dever (Sponsored by Fidelis Foundation) Centrality of the Church in Disciple-Making 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST, Seminar with Mark Dever Connecting the Dots Between […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles spotted recently: The timeline for the transition between John Piper and Jason Meyer as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church has changed again.  Read the plan and rationale from John’s pen. Addressing the same theme that I did in the post, “Satan and sin — two defeated foes,” Mike Riccardi writes about “Freed from […]

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How to pray for your pastor

Have you ever wondered about how to pray for your pastor?  Have you pondered, “What are the needs he has and what would be most beneficial for me to pray for him?” The apostle Paul’s requests for the prayers of the churches for him are fitting places to start (see Eph. 6:19-20; Col. 4:3-4 as […]

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The ministry of the Word

As the early church began to grow exponentially, it quickly became essential to delineate roles and responsibilities in the church.  So in Acts 6, deacons were selected to assist the elders so that the elders could carry out their primary responsibilities of “prayer and the ministry of the Word” (v. 4). Now it might seem […]

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Some helpful articles spotted recently: A lesson in truth-telling, and what makes Christians different:  “Mike Daisey, Apple, and Our Culture’s Crisis in Truth-Telling.” “Temptation Is Not Sin,” writes Bill Mounce.  He makes three points:  1.  Temptation is not sin, 2. No one can make you sin, and 3. God is on your side. The question […]

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Helpful resources for the growing Christian: Have you ever heard the statement, “I love him, but I don’t like him”?  Me too.  Too often.  Rick Thomas demonstrates the idol behind the statement and how to address it in “Marriage problems.” How to handle public debate among Christians is a growing question and concern, though not […]

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Desiring God Conference for Pastors

The audio for the 2012 Conference for Pastors, hosted by Bethlehem Baptist Church and Desiring God is now available.  The theme this year was “God, Manhood, and Ministry.”  I haven’t listened to any of the messages yet, but I have almost always received great encouragement from these messages. Download the messages at Desiring God.

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Found around the internet in the past week — C. J. Mahaney blogs about “The Pastor and Personal Criticism.” But it’s not just pastors who need to understand the role of criticism in their lives (to produce wisdom and maturity).  We can all benefit from the criticism we receive: If we could mature in wisdom […]

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A few things spotted recently around the web: John Piper’s 8-month leave of absence ended at the end of December.  Last Sunday he resumed preaching with the sermon, “Our Deepest Prayer: Hallowed Be Your Name.”  He also wrote an article entitled, “Why I Am Full of Hope About Bethlehem’s Future,” and while it is written […]

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